Today was a very exciting day for The Canadian Canoe Museum!

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women and MP for Peterborough-Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced more than $1.4M in cultural infrastructure funding from the Government of Canada towards the development of The Canadian Canoe Museum’s new building beside the Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent-Severn Waterway!

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.

 The funding will allow us to proceed with the pre-construction phase of the new museum, meaning we are well on our way to realizing a new home for the world’s largest and most significant collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft.

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The paddle propels the canoe… 

Along with the strength and the skill of the individual holding it, the paddle is a critical component of any canoe trip. Right now, the museum has more than 500 paddles, but collectively, we’re carving one more.

Today, the museum invited all guests whom attended the announcement to contribute to the carving of a canoe paddle, symbolic of our journey towards the new museum. It will take the unique contributions of many – and with great dedication and determination, over time, it will take shape. The finished product will be extraordinary, one-a-kind, and like all the paddles in the museum’s world-class collection, it will have an incredible story to tell. It will also have a home in the new museum.


“Investing in the Canadian cultural sector helps create jobs for the middle class, strengthens the economy and ensures that Canada’s unique perspective is shared with the world.”

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“The Government of Canada is committed to investing in Canada’s cultural infrastructure. Revitalized cultural facilities, like the one that will house the Canadian Canoe Museum, allow Canadians to share and enjoy the inspiring influences of arts and heritage.”

—The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women and Member of Parliament (Peterborough–Kawartha)

“The Canadian Canoe Museum community is incredibly grateful for this federal funding; it will allow us to proceed in earnest with the pre-construction phase of a facility. The new museum, once complete, will care for its world-class collection the way it deserves to be cared for and preserve it, protect it and showcase it for generations to come.”

—Bill Morris, Chair, Board of Directors, The Canadian Canoe Museum